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The separation/Specification Dilemma in Contracting: The Local Government Experience in Victoria

O'Flynn, Janine; Alford, John Lyle


This article draws on evidence from case studies of local government contracting in the Australian state of Victoria. It argues that one of the key elements of competitive tendering - the separation of purchasers from providers - undermines another of its essential mechanisms - the specification of services - at the point where previously in-house services are exposed to competition. The managers who are to become purchasers lack the requisite knowledge of services, which instead resides in the...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2008
Type: Journal article
Source: Public Administration
DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9299.2007.00708.x


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